Tunisian Victory

Tunisian Victory is a 1944 Anglo-American propaganda film about the victories in the North Africa Campaign.

Tunisian Victory
Directed byFrank Capra
Hugh Stewart
Roy Boulting
John Huston
Anthony Veiller
StarringLeo Genn (narrator)
Burgess Meredith
Bernard Miles
Music byWilliam Alwyn
Dimitri Tiomkin
Distributed byButchers Film Distributors (UK)
MGM (US)
Release date
  • March 16, 1944 (1944-03-16)
Running time
75 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
United States
LanguageEnglish

The film follows both armies from the planning of Operation Torch and Operation Acrobat (the latter of which was canceled), to the liberation of Tunis. Interspersed in the documentary format are the narrative voices of supposed American and British soldiers (voiced by Burgess Meredith and Bernard Miles respectively), recounting their experience in the campaign. Miles and Meredith, playing the roles of soldiers, talk separately until the end of the film when they have a dialogue, agree to co-operate after the end of the war, and with the other Allied nations create a more just and peaceful post-war order.

The film was intended as a follow-up to the successful British documentary film Desert Victory (1943). Frederic Krome's article "Tunisian Victory" and Anglo-American Film Propaganda in World War II from The Historian details the acrimony between the British and US film makers on the project. Most of the actual American combat footage taken during Operation Torch was destroyed when the ship carrying it was sunk, requiring many "battle scenes" to be reshot in the U.S. by director John Huston. Huston restaged several battles and liberations to achieve high quality footage, even going so far as to film some air battle scenes (in the Mohave Desert) and in Orlando, Florida. The British recognized the dubious nature of the film, though they themselves were guilty of the same recreations in wartime propaganda films.[1]

The direction of the final version involved no less than five individuals: Frank Capra, John Huston, Anthony Veiller, Hugh Stewart and Roy Boulting.

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References

  1. Turner Classic Movies interview with Mark Harris, September 2, 2015, 1:45 a.m. EST


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